Coming up in 2016

With two national reviews into trading standards due to report imminently, and several pieces of new legislation that will directly impact the service set to reach Royal Assent this year, 2016 is already set to be a busy one for the whole profession. At CTSI, the policy team continue in our endeavours to represent members’…

Not Sure? Don’t Open the Door!

Operation Liberal is the national intelligence unit for organised travelling criminality.  The operation gathers intelligence on the many crime types committed by those criminals who travel in order to offend.  These crime types include those committed on the doorstep including distraction burglary and rogue trading. The victims of these crime types tend to be older…

Doorstep crime campaign launched in Essex

Essex Trading Standards is running a campaign throughout March, which aims to prevent elderly people from becoming victims of rogue traders. The campaign is called Be Sure at the Door and is jointly run with Essex Police and Age UK Essex. Community agents and Age UK Essex staff will visit elderly people to give them…

Do legitimate businesses cold call?

Businesses have the right to call on potential customers at their door. Unfortunately, doorstep calling is also a tactic widely used by rogue traders. Are rogues the only ones who use doorstep calling? Or is doorstep calling used by legitimate businesses? As part of its doorstep crime work, North Yorkshire Trading Standards is asking businesses…

West Yorkshire campaign up for £2,000 award

We have less than a week to help West Yorkshire Trading Standards win £2,000 from Lottery Good Causes for its SAFER (Scams and Fraud Education for Residents) campaign. In the spirit of trading standards and consumer protection, the campaign, which operates in Leeds and Bradford, delivers scams, fraud and doorstep crime workshops to older residents…